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|Christina Ricci Biography and Filmography
Birthday: February 12, 1980
Birth Place: Santa Monica, California, USA
Height: 5' 1"
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One of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, as well as one of the few child stars to make a successful transition to adult roles, Christina Ricci has been impressing audiences and critics with her unnervingly accurate performances since debuting in 1990's Mermaids.The daughter of a lawyer and a former Ford model and the youngest of four children, Ricci was born in Santa Monica, CA, on February 12, 1980. Following her family's move to New York when she was eight, Ricci got her start acting in commercials. Her big screen debut came shortly after, when director Richard Benjamin cast her as Cher's younger daughter in Mermaids. Although much attention went to Winona Ryder, who played Ricci's older sister, the young actress made enough of an impression to land more work: The following year, she starred as the morbidly precocious Wednesday Addams in the hit film adaptation of The Addams Family. The role would help to establish Ricci as an actress known for playing dark, unconventional characters; she went on to play Wednesday again in the film's 1993 sequel Addams Family Values. Following a series of films both good and bad, including Now and Then, in which she played the young Rosie O'Donnell, and the critically panned but commercially successful Casper, Ricci starred as the troubled, sexually precocious Wendy Hood in Ang Lee's widely praised The Ice Storm. The actress handled the part with uncanny maturity, leading many observers to conclude that she was truly beginning to come into her own. This assessment was solidified with Ricci's subsequent roles in films like Buffalo '66 (in which she played Vincent Gallo's unwitting abductee-turned-girlfriend), John Waters' Pecker, and Don Roos' The Opposite of Sex, the last of which cast her as Dedee, a delightfully loathsome girl who wreaks tabloid-style havoc on everyone she encounters, whether they be dead or alive. For her performance as Dedee, Ricci was nominated for a Golden Globe and attained the unofficial title of the Sundance Film Festival's 1998 "It" Girl.Now riding high as an indie teen queen, Ricci went on in 1999 to headline the much-anticipated but ultimately disappointing 200 Cigarettes; the same year, she could be seen in Desert Blue, which featured 200 Cigarettes co-stars Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson, and Sleepy Hollow, in which she played Gothic princess Katrina Van Tassel opposite Johnny Depp's Ichabod Crane in Tim Burton's adaptation of Washington Irving's ghostly tale.In 2000, Ricci starred in Sally Potter's The Man Who Cried, in which she played a young Jewish woman who flees from Germany to Paris during World War II, and Bless the Child, a supernatural thriller that also starred Kim Basinger and Rufus Sewell.Though rumors of a stateside release date for Ricci's 2001 drama Prozac Nation continued to linger, the dark young starlet would move on to such unconventional efforts as The Laramie Project (2002) and the offbeat romantic comedy Pumpkin, which found her as a popular sorority girl who risks becoming a social outcast after falling for a mentally disabled young athlete whom she has volunteered to help train. Though subsequent efforts as Miranda and The Gathering (both 2002) fell beneath the radar at the box office, Ricci was a hit with Ally McBeal fans when she appeared in a recurring role in the Fox show that same year. Audiences who caught Woody Allen's 2003 comedy Anything Else found her as charming as ever (despite her sometimes shrill characterization in the film). At festivals that year, Ricci could be seen in supporting roles in actor Adam Goldberg's dark drama I Love Your Work, as well as in director Patty Jenkins' Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster.She next appeared in the werewolf film Cursed, before moving on to Penelope with Reese Witherspoon, and Black Snake Moan with Samuel L. Jackson. In 2006 Ricci turned in a memorable guest appearance on the popular medical drama Grey's Anatomy as an EMT put in the difficult position of keeping a bomb stuck inside a patient from exploding.
- Her parents divorced after she filmed Addams Family Values (1993). She has not spoken with her father since.
- Is on the national board of VOX-Voices for Planned Parenthood, which works to promote the mission of Planned Parenthood to young adults. She will also be appearing in national ads for Emergency Contraception.
- Had to turn down the role of Ronna in Go (1999) because of scheduling conflicts.
- Her father, before becoming a lawyer, was a psychiatrist who specialized in shrieking therapy. While growing up, Christina could hear the therapies through the vents in her room, and would act them out in front her mother.
- On December 4 1999, she appeared on "Saturday Night Live" (1975) as the guest host, in which she parodied Britney Spears and the Olsen twins. During one of her skits, she accidentally punched actress Ana Gasteyer in the face. The skit was a parody of the "Sally Jessy Raphael" (1985) show, in which she played a 13-year-old runaway who sleeps with dogs, and required her to fake-punch Sally (Gasteyer), but accidentally hit her for real. While she initially reacted by putting her hands over her mouth in surprise, she maintained her professionalism and quickly fell back into character.
- Drives a Porsche Boxster.
- Was originally slated to play the lead in Ghost World (2001), but by the time it was filmed she was too old for the part and had moved on to other projects. Thora Birch took over the role.
- Co-hosted a 10 volume educational video series entitled "Bug City" in 1998.
- Tiny at just over five feet, Ricci stopped growing when she was ten years old.
- Nicknamed Squant by her siblings because of a childhood fascination with the Native American hero Squanto, who helped the first European settlers in America.
- She was the fourth child of Ralph and Sarah Ricci. Her siblings are Dante, Pia and Rafael.
- Her best friend is actress Gaby Hoffmann.
- First nude scene was in the movie Prozac Nation (2001) in which she requested a closed set and had co-star Michelle Williams present to ensure that she did everything properly.
- Auditioned for the role of Young Amy in Little Women (1994) and Claudia in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994). Both roles went to Kirsten Dunst instead.
- Never formally studied acting.
- Was personally thanked by Monster co-star Charlize Theron at the 2004 Academy Awards.
- Presented "Best Kiss" with Ashton Kutcher at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.
- Presented an award at The 71st Annual Academy Awards on March 21, 1999.
- Wore braces when she was younger.
- Underground Hip-Hop heroes Sean Daley (of the group Atmosphere, who makes many references to her in his lyrics) and MURS have released a collaborative album entitled "Felt: A Tribute to Christina Ricci".
- Audtitioned for the role of Ellie Creed in the film Pet Sematary (1989), but lost the part to Blaze Berdahl.
- Her paternal grandfather was of Italian descent. The remainder of her ancestry is Scots-Irish.
- Finnish doom metal band Reverend Bizarre's song 'Goddess Of Doom' is a tribute to her, with the first part being a homage to the actress.
- As of February 2005, has been on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) seven times.
- Was roommates with Michelle Williams whilst filming Prozac Nation (2001) with her.
- Originally had the part of Desi Brable in O (2001), but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. The part ended up going to Julia Stiles.
- Was considered for the role of Velma Dinkley in Scooby-Doo (2002).
- Is good friends with her Sleepy Hollow (1999), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Man Who Cried (2000) co-star Johnny Depp.
- Won Favorite Actress in a Horror Film for Sleepy Hollow (1999) at the 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards and Favorite Supporting Actress in a Suspense for Bless the Child (2000) a year later at the 2001 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.
- Pennsylvania rock band Anthrophobia has a song about Christina on their 1999 release, "In The Zero To 3 Movement." The song is called "Ricci" and it appears as track 3.
- Auditioned for Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York (2002).
- Favorite poets are Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allan Poe and Rainer Maria Rilke.
- Her favorite bands are the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Tom Petty, The Ramones, The White Stripes, Wheezer, REM and Pixies. She also likes 80s Rap.
- Her favorite movies are My Own Private Idaho (1991), Pulp Fiction (1994), The Lord Of The Rings, Gangs of New York (2002) and The Hours (2002).
- Her favorite actress is Amanda Plummer and her favorite actors are Viggo Mortensen and James Woods.
- Her favorite shows are "The X Files" (1993),"Law & Order" (1990), "The Simpsons" (1989), "Friends" (1994) and "Will & Grace" (1998).
- Was turned down four times for the role of Lolita in Lolita (1997), which eventually went to Dominique Swain.
- Turned down the role of Lauren in The Rules of Attraction (2002) because of the rape scene in the beginning, which she found gross and offensive. Shannyn Sossamon took over the role.
- Finds comfort in falling asleep watching The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).
- Says that The Ice Storm (1997) was the first role she really wanted and eventually got.
- Is on the national board of VOX-Voices for Planned Parenthood, which works to promote the mission of Planned Parenthood to young adults.
- Is, to the day, 30 years younger than Michael Ironside.
- Was number 97 on vh1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" (2005) (mini)
- Received the Half-Life Award at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 16, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada.